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The New Pinball Dictionary

By FunWithBonus

4 years ago

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    #1 4 years ago

    Hello Pinside!

    The mission of The New Pinball Dictionary is to gather terms used by the pinball gaming community which may or may not be a part of the official lexicon. Besides, some of these terms are just made-up … ^_^

    If you have a suggestion for a nomination to the New Pinball Dictionary, or you would like to support, “second”, or improve something that has already been nominated, please use this forum topic to participate.

    Thanks for your contributions!

    I had been using ...

    Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/PinballDictionary/)
    Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/FunWithBonus)
    Facebook Group (http://www.facebook.com/groups/funwithbonus/)
    Twitter (http://twitter.com/FunWithBonus)

    ... as ways for people to post and upvote/downvote terms. However, I want to provide as many ways as possible for pinballers to make suggestions, without having to wait for me to post them. I wonder why I haven't done this before.

    Those terms that receive a large amount of support will be promoted to the "Hall of Fame" main page.


    #3 4 years ago
    Quoted from JoelOmatik:

    Pinagogue: Pinball house of worship.
    Synonyms: arcade, game room, pin palace, man cave.
    It is here where the religion of Pinduism is practiced, and the god Pinballah is worshipped. We read from the Holy Book, the High SKoran. Battles with the Flying Habitrail Monster and Tilt Chamberlain (chronic tilters) are frequently engaged here

    It looks like we are off to a great start!

    #5 4 years ago

    Pinsider DoubleDanger has some good ideas that need words...

    Quoting DoubleDanger:

    " ... two things that I would love to know if you have already named:

    1. The extra attraction to the drains/outlanes that a ball seems to have immediately after you've been awarded an extra ball. I swear I seem to drain within seconds of my getting an EB about 90% of the time!

    2. When a ball drains and rolls backwards far enough up the outlane until it hits a coil switch that activates an outlane ball saver that puts it back into play. For example, I've seen it happen a lot in Firepower. It's like an extreme reverse Lazarus ball, but the kicker back into play makes it extra awesome and makes me think it needs a name! I think this is one of my favorite things to see happen in pinball!

    Thanks, and hope you enjoy these! Let me know if you come up with anything clever! "

    Part of my reply:

    "... #1 is particularly intriguing. I have felt this happen to me and other players often.

    For #2, I didn't have anything specific other than putting as one of the sub-categories of bounce back/Lazarus Ball. I agree that it deserves a separate name.

    If you have come up with something good before me, let me know. Most of the terms have come from the community."

    #9 4 years ago
    Quoted from atariaction:

    7 - 10 split = draining 2 balls in a multiball simultaneously out the right and left outlane

    That's a winner, there. A good synonym for Stereo/Split Drain.

    #10 4 years ago

    I like that this forum topic can also be used get different words that players use to describe similar things.

    What would be a good way to handle synonyms, especially for the main page?

    Sometimes, there have been multiple suggestions underneath a main one.
    Example: http://funwithbonus.com/new-pinball-dictionary-seal-chimp-gorilla-flipping/

    Other times, there have been two separate entries on the main page linking to the one that was suggested first.
    Examples: Lazarus vs. Zombie Ball on the main page.

    How about just copy-paste-ing the same definition for a synonym, and giving it a separate post and entry? This could mean a separate blog entry as the daily post on the main site: http://funwithbonus.com

    2 weeks later
    #13 4 years ago
    Quoted from JoelOmatik:

    Playing so much pinball that your hands, back and feet are killing you. The moment your body tells you to stop and take a break....you deduce you simply must play MORE pinball!
    Oh, and a big congrats on your win, Steve!


    I've certainly done this, especially if there's a Grand Champion score to chase that I just couldn't quite reach.

    #23 4 years ago
    Quoted from CNKay:

    Dead flip. The art of taking a sip of your favorite beverage whilest doing absolutely nothing with flippers but the ball stays in play!

    Quoted from JoelOmatik:

    How about the Dead Flip Sip

    I think "Dead Sip" has some huge potential.

    #24 4 years ago

    "Avatarred" as a synonym (or possibly the inspiration) for "Travelling."


    #25 4 years ago
    Quoted from atariaction:

    Brown robbie: when repairing pinball machines one needs a good variety of tools. Screwdrivers such as Phillips, slot and Robertson are usually required. Always bring your "brown robbie" (beer) as it can often be the most important tool

    Don't forget your vice grips!

    #29 4 years ago
    Quoted from CNKay:

    Now multi drains have lots of terms right??
    Baby Ruth Bar
    Everyone out of the pool!!
    Let's really get this topic blazin!

    Thanks for the support, CNKay!

    #30 4 years ago

    Need something to describe the drain that happens when you try to do a dead flipper pass / bounce pass, but instead the ball lands in that space between the top of the flipper and the bottom of the inlane plastic area.

    So the ball hits that area, and it either redirects straight down the middle at high-speed, or it hops up a few inches and arcs down the middle.

    Frank Romero suggested the "Bunny Hop."
    I sometimes call it a "Joint Drain" because it landed on the joint.

    #32 4 years ago
    Quoted from WaddleJrJr:

    Around me we call that the "Crook Drain", but I'm sure someone out there could come up with something more clever.

    Is that inspired by someone named "Crook" to whom this happens often?

    OH WAIT! You mean the crook of your arm? That's not bad.

    #34 4 years ago
    Quoted from WaddleJrJr:

    Yup, because it hits the "crook" between the flipper and the guide.
    That might be able to get a catchy nickname, like "getting crooked".

    Plus, "crook" is good because it's related to robbery. It could be said that "Oh, they thought the bounce pass would be fine, but they got robbed by the crook."

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    #38 4 years ago

    Nomination by Chris Compton on facebook:

    Peavlered: getting kicked by a player when you are standing too close trying to watch their game. "Brian Dye was way too close to Werdrick. I think he got peavlered."

    --I usually try to discourage using proper names ... but this one ...

    #39 4 years ago

    Another nomination by Chris Compton on facebook:

    Clustervuk: when you fire multiple balls into the same vertical upkicker and the game can't get them out.

    #51 4 years ago
    Quoted from JoelOmatik:

    Pinister: Minister of Pinball. Aka, a very skilled player.
    Yeah, more pinball religion just because.

    The Flying Habitrail Monster touches all pinball players.

    #52 4 years ago
    Quoted from Mar:

    I submitted a term for this to the pinball dictionary a while ago, but it seemed to fade away. I called it Barn Dance. When the game does a ball search while you're playing, because you can't hit the side of a barn.

    I've learned that reddit has a "fade" after a time of inactivity. Comments get disabled, but up/down voting remains active.

    Pinside doesn't fade, does it? It looks like it's time to repost some of them here.

    #53 4 years ago
    Quoted from atariaction:

    Is there not some site called stucky balls where you post odd places your ball gets stuck? Why cant I find it? I figure you would know Steve

    You may be referring to the Stucky Balls group on Facebook:

    #58 4 years ago

    New Pinball Dictionary nominations: Up-vote leaders so far (not including my own up-votes)

    7-10 Split with 6 up-votes

    Clustervuk with 5 up-votes (and 35+ Likes on Facebook) (https://www.facebook.com/groups/funwithbonus/)

    Pinagogue with 4 up-votes

    JPOP'd with 4 up-votes
    (Stay classy, Pinside! )

    Peavlered with 0 up-votes
    However, there are 26+ Likes on Facebook and video evidence. The lore is always good to have. I usually discourage the use of proper names, but this one has earned special dispensation. Plus, the real live person is cool with it, which helps.

    => Clustervuk scheduled for promotion on November 29th
    => Seeing if 7-10 split and Pinagogue can get more support.

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    #60 4 years ago

    Danger Zone

    1) That moment of time immediately after an aggressive save when everyone is watching the screen flash "DANGER", "DANGER DANGER", and wondering if it'll tilt or be safe.

    2) The subsequent game state where you have to play super carefully because you know any further move will tilt you out. Obviously extra potent on games with big bonus, or when trying to make a ball 3 comeback.

    Nominated by: Joe Schober
    Supported by 18+ "Likes" on the Fun With Bonus Facebook Group

    Example for reference: PAPA 18 Zach Sharpe v. Robert Gagno on Star Trek Pro
    Time index: 3h 45m 15s

    Other synonyms nominated:
    "Working Without a Net" - Keith Elwin
    "Borrowed Time" - Brian J Teyssier
    "(Flipping) On Thin Ice" - Greg Poverelli
    "Playing With House Money" - Colin MacAlpine

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    #63 4 years ago
    Quoted from FXR:

    I love this one !


    That hat makes "Clustervuk" feel to me like it could be a sponsor for an auto race.

    "Welcome to the Clustervuk 500!"

    #66 4 years ago
    Quoted from JoelOmatik:

    I decided to add some secret, esoteric (and outright nerdy) mystique to the religion of Pinduism: The Freeplaysons! They are governed by the high priests known as the Pinisters.
    They are not an outwardly sect of pindividuals, but more underground and mysterious (add haunting da Vinci Code music for effect). Their symbol is not a compass and square, but a soldering iron and screwdriver....or whatever tools float your boat.
    The secret gesture is exactly like the sign of the cross, but carries a different meaning: (going from top, bottom, left and right).
    1) Striving for a high score
    2) Maximum drain prevention
    3) Left flipper shooting accuracy
    4) Right flipper shooting accuracy
    Now let the Trongegration rise!

    "You don't get rich writing science fiction. If you want to get rich, you start a religion." -- L. Ron Hubbard

    #72 4 years ago

    From reddit user ManicFrizz:


    Where upon winning a game you enter someone else's initials. For example, Many people enter NES initials to show they are thinking about Neil Shatz, although this works for any initials, the popularity of Neil Shatz and his Nintendo initials started it all. Thank you NES

    #73 4 years ago
    Quoted from EvanDickson:

    I've never used any of these words. However, I do use some or all of the following on most games:
    Bulls*&t. As in "That's f*&king bulls&^t!" after almost all ball drains.
    F*&k You. As in "F*&k you!!!" after some of the other ball drains.
    Motherf*&ker. As in "MOTHERF*&KER!" after a ball drain immediately after starting Red Line Mania or Supercharger, in HS2.
    These may be used together in various combinations.

    I will neither confirm nor deny the use of these words during games of The Walking Dead.

    4 weeks later
    #81 4 years ago

    From Evan Bingham:

    Back Door Kickback

    When there's a center drain, and the ball rolls up the left apron and gets kicked back into play after hitting the left outlane switch

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